HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had his third triple-double this season with 32 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets snap a three-game skid with a 112-109 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Houston squandered a double-digit lead early but opened the fourth quarter with a big run to take control.
It’s Toronto’s second straight loss overall and its ninth loss in a row in Houston, where the Raptors haven’t won since 2007.
DeRozan scored 18 points before being kicked out with about 3 minutes left. He made a layup that cut the lead to 103-97 but was unhappy that a foul wasn’t called on the play and began yelling at the officials. He was quickly given a technical but kept jawing and was given a second one and ejected from the game.
The Rockets scored four of the next six points, with three from Michael Beasley, to make it 107-99. Beasley finished with 21 points.
Lowry was ejected with 25.6 seconds left when he got his second technical of the game for arguing with officials.
Lowry missed Wednesday’s game with a sore right elbow. In this one, he had 15 points with three 3-pointers to set a franchise record for 3s in a season with 192. Lowry now has the top two 3-point performances in franchise history after making 190 in 2013-14.
Houston started the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run to extend a one-point lead to 92-80 with about 9 minutes remaining. Harden and Jason Terry made 3-pointers in that stretch, but it was Corey Brewer who wowed the crowd when he made a layup as he was being pulled down from behind by James Johnson and then finished the three-point play.
The Raptors got back on track after that, using a 7-1 spurt to cut the lead to 93-87.
Toronto cut the lead to four before Houston scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer by Ariza, to make it 100-91 with about 5 minutes left.
Houston capped the third quarter with a 7-1 run, with the last four points from Harden, to take a 79-78 lead into the fourth.
The Raptors were down by 11 in the second quarter before scoring 15 straight points to take a 48-44 lead just over 3 minutes before halftime. Former Rocket Luis Scola led the way in that stretch, scoring eight points, with a pair of 3-pointers.
Houston missed seven shots, including two on blocks by Bismack Biyombo, and committed three turnovers to allow the Raptors to take the lead.
Raptors: Lowry’s first technical came in the first quarter. … Patterson had 11 points in his return after missing two games with a sore left ankle. … Scola had 16 points. … Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Rockets: It is the ninth triple-double of Harden’s career. … Beasley has scored at least 10 points in nine straight games. … Patrick Beverley tied a season high with five 3-pointers.
Raptors: Visit New Orleans on Saturday night.
Rockets: Visit Pacers on Sunday night.